Home of the famed Revolutionary War heroes, the Green Mountain Boys, it doesn’t take long to see that there is an explorer’s heart in most citizens of The Shires. Looking for a little adventure yourself, want to get your explorer on? Check out some of these top spots for the explorer-at-heart!
Downtown Bennington, Vermont is transformed this weekend into a bustling street festival as it hosts the 34th annual Mayfest. The event, which takes place this Saturday (May 25th, 2019), is put on every year by the Better Bennington Corporation, in partnership with over 100 local artists and craftspeople, local nonprofits, downtown businesses, and street food vendors.
Perhaps you’ve heard of it? The “Fifth” season in Vermont? This “informal” term describes the period in late winter/early spring when dirt paths such as roads and hiking trails become muddy from melting snow and rain. It’s usually between March and Memorial Day in May that we see mud season. It can be fun though! It’s a time when Vermont starts to thaw out, the sap begins to run, and buds begin to spring.
Can you believe it! We just hit the first day of spring this past week! Okay, so its still snowing in Vermont. However, now is the best time to book your next trip to The Shires of Vermont, a picturesque New England region nestled in the Southwesternmost corner of Vermont.
Robert Frost, famed Shires’ poet once wrote, “All thoughts, all passions, all delights, Whatever stirs this mortal frame, Are all but ministers of Love, And feed his sacred flame.” The Shires of Vermont, located in Southwestern Vermont, provide that whimsical notion! Take a break from the hustle and bustle to show your lover just how much you care for them. In The Shires there’s plenty to do either with others or if you need some alone time.
Prospect has 144 acres of land and over 30K of well-groomed cross country ski trails. It serves as the home of the Williams College ski team, Mount Anthony High School ski team, and the Bill Koch Youth Ski League. In addition, the Berkshire League from western Massachusetts often uses the venue for races.
Like the website says, “Set your wanderlust free, with over 550 exhibitors representing more than 170 destinations. Travel smarter, with globe-trottting tips from a huge variety of experts. Watch unforgettable cultural performances, savor tastes from the world's most delicious destinations. And make yourself comfortable, anywhere you roam.” The NYTimes Travel Show is an unforgettable experience which sees over 50,000 people over three days every year. In the world of travel and tourism, this is the Super Bowl! So if you’re reading this and either a). You’re going to the NYTimes Travel Show or b). You’re just interested in visiting Vermont this year…
Pack up, suit up and join us in The Shires to hit the slope! Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend is going to be epic with Winter Storm Harper predicted to drop 2-3 feet! Thanks to Winter Storms Dylan and Ethan, close to two feet of snow has already fallen between Christmas and New Year’s and allowed for Vermont’s ski and snowboard resorts to operate close to 100% of their terrain.
Snow squall, frost heaves, sub-zero temperatures - they can be the bane of winter in Vermont! Leave it to the hamlet community of North Bennington, Vermont to create something fun for the month of January! Enter: Winterfest! Beat the Winter Blues with the always fun North Bennington Winterfest!